A historic game by Duncan and his Spurs teammates
It was a day of milestones at TD Garden as the Spurs defeated the Celtics, 95-87. That was the 541st regular-season victory in which Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, andManu Ginobili played together, passing Boston’s trio of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, andRobert Parish for the highest such total in NBA history. San Antonio’s Big 3 have played seven more games together than did Boston’s group.
Sunday’s game was Duncan’s 953rd individual victory for San Antonio, tying John Stockton‘s NBA record for the most wins with one team. That record was also once held by a Boston legend. John Havlicek played in 824 regular-season Celtics victories, and that was the league record until he was surpassed by Stockton in 2000.
Miami’s outstanding 2nd half produces unprecedented NBA win
The Heat played an extraordinary second half to turn a big halftime deficit into a laugher of a victory, topping the Rockets, 109-89. Miami was the first team in NBA history to win a game by at least 19 points after trailing by a margin that wide at the intermission. The Heat did it by outscoring Houston 31-12 and 34-14 in the third and fourth quarters. Only one other NBA team scored at least 30 points in the third and fourth quarter of the same game while holding its opponent to fewer than 15 points in each period. Cleveland did it in a 148-80 win over Miami in 1991, which was the largest margin of victory in league history.
Raptors show how to win big without a big scorer
Balanced scoring was a key to the Raptors’ 106-87 win over the Bucks on Sunday, with Jonas Valanciunas leading the team with 19 points. Patrick Patterson (16),DeMar DeRozan (15), Kyle Lowry (15), DeMarre Carroll (14), and Terrence Ross(11) all scored in double-figures for Toronto. Since Jan. 1, 2010, the Raptors had won only three other games by a margin that large in which no individual player scored at least 20 points, all during the 2013 calendar year.
Canadiens’ Condon keeps his record perfect
Mike Condon, starting in goal for the Canadiens in place of the injured Carey Price, notched his fourth win in four games in the NHL with a 5-1 victory against Winnipeg. Condon is the third Canadiens goaltender to win the first four games of his NHL career. The others were Wayne Thomas, who won his first seven NHL games (1973), and Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, who began his NHL career by winning his first six games (1971).
Linus Ullmark, who posted his first NHL win with a 3-1 victory over the Flyers on Friday, made 29 saves in the Sabres’ 2-1 win against the Islanders on Sunday. Ullmark is the first Buffalo goaltender to start and win consecutive team games while allowing no more than one goal in each game since Jhonas Enroth did so on April 13-14, 2013, and he is the first Sabres rookie to do it since Ryan Miller on Jan. 14-16, 2006.
Tyler Johnson scored his first goal this season in the Lightning’s 4-3 win at Carolina. Entering play on Sunday, Johnson was one of six NHL players who scored at least 25 goals last season-29, in Johnson’s case-but had not scored this season. The others, some of whom have missed time due to injuries, are Corey Perry (33 goals in 2014-15), Jaden Schwartz (28), Logan Couture (27), Pavel Datsyuk (26 goals in 2014-15, has not played this season), and Ryan Getzlaf (25).
Brent Burns scored a pair of goals in the Sharks’ 4-3 win at Colorado. San Jose was shorthanded when Burns scored his first goal. He is the first defenseman in Sharks history with a multiple-goal game that included a shorthanded goal, but he’s not the first NHL defenseman with such a game this season. Nashville’s Roman Josi scored two goals, the second of which was a shorthanded empty-netter, in the Predators’ 3-1 win at New Jersey on October 13.
Chris Stewart tallied one goal and two assists, and his teammates Richard Rakell and Sami Vatanen each recorded one goal and one assist as the Ducks beat the Predators, 4-2. Before Sunday’s win over Nashville the Ducks had played ten games this season and only once had an Anaheim player scored more than one point in a game. That was defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who notched one goal and one assist in the Ducks’ 4-1 victory against Minnesota on October 18.